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Finding Aid for the Halleck, Peachy & Billings Correspondence and Papers, ca. 1852-1867
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Description
Correspondence and papers relating to land and land litigation (including original documents and diseños, and transcripts) and to various legal cases, some concerning Chinese immigration, ships, and the funding bill in San Francisco; accounts; and tax records. Also included: correspondence and papers relating to the military career of Henry Wager Halleck, 1847-1856, and manuscript drafts and notes for Halleck's History of California.
Background
Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants; Frederick Billings arrived in San Francisco in 1849; he immediately established a law practice, and soon formed a partnership with Archibald C. Peachy; Peachy later became a member of the CA State Assembly in 1852, and of the State Senate in 1860 and 1862; Henry Wager Halleck graduated in engineering from West Point, participated in the Mexican War, and later prepared a report on CA land titles; became an active member of the CA Constitutional Convention; he resigned from the army and joined the law firm in 1854, compiling his books: The mining laws of Spain and Mexico, and International law; returned to the US Army in 1860, later becoming a general during the Civil War; the firm was dissolved in 1861.
Extent
2 oversize boxes.
Restrictions
Collection is restricted from copying.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.